The sight of ants scurrying around your kitchen is enough to make your skin crawl. You will immediately want to rid your home of these unwanted intruders. The more you know about common types of ants, the better equipped you’ll be to stop them in their tracks. Learn about the most likely species of ants invading your home right now.

Argentine Ants

These sugar-loving ants were unintentionally introduced to the United States from Argentina. They are dark brown, medium-sized creatures that usually make their nests outdoors and are drawn to your house by sugary foods or water. Argentine ants typically appear in the springtime.

Carpenter Ants    

These industrious ants are not so interested in the food inside your house as the wood itself. If you see carpenter ants within your home, they are most likely nesting in decaying wood. Over time, these ants will weaken the structure of your home.

Crazy Ants

If you’ve ever spotted ants moving in erratic patterns instead of a uniform manner, you have probably uncovered crazy ants. These ants tend to make their home in the southern part of the United States. Crazy ants have an affinity for sweet foods and electronics for warmth. They threaten both food sources and electronic devices if you don’t act quickly.

Fire Ants  

Fire ants get their name from their fiery red coats and the burning sensation from their bites. They build mounds of dirt in sunny, hot areas and wander indoors searching for water and food.

Odorous House Ants

Odorous house ants are small, dark brown or black insects often seen within the home. They like to run on countertops or along floorboards. They especially love sugary treats or munching on the remains of other insects. Their unique name refers to the offensive, rancid smell they emit when crushed.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants usually live under rocks or in the cracks of sidewalks. They will only venture inside when they get hungry. In addition to sweets, pavement ants sniff out meats and other greasy foods. This aggressive species is most active during the spring and summer months.

No matter what the type, call on the professionals of My Exterminator to successfully eliminate ants from your home. We are a family-owned business well-trained in all varieties of invading ants. Our technicians will safely eradicate your invaders and guide you in methods to stop the problem once and for all. Call on My Exterminator today as the first step toward an ant-free home!